Bikers' meeting in Hauenstein

Every Thursday from March to October, several hundred motorbike enthusiasts meet at the «Isebähnli» restaurant in Trimbach near Olten in the canton of Solothurn. The meeting attracts bikers from throughout Switzerland, southern Germany, the Alsace and neighbouring regions of Italy. The restaurant «zur Eisenbahn» is transformed into a mecca for bikers, and is likely to be a familiar name for every biker in Switzerland. Over a bratwurst and a cola (beer is rarely ordered), the enthusiasts watch the bikers come and go, chat about bikes and generally have a good time. The Hauenstein bikers' meeting has been in existence since 1968 and is 'no longer as wild as it was once rumoured to be'. It originated in the mid-1960s in the Sonne restaurant in Buckten in the canton of Basel-Landschaft, but after the death of the landlady in 1968 was transferred to the 'Isebähnli' in Trimbach. The release of the film Easy Rider during the Isebähnli's second season sparked an explosion in the popularity of biking and attracted a wave of new visitors to the meeting, a trend which continues to this day.

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Dominik Hess: 41. Saison eröffnet. Trimbach, 2009

Beat Wyttenbach: «Isebähnli». Das Mekka der Töff-Freaks. In: Der Sonntag no. 26, 3. Juli 2011




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